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Vol. I. Lenox, Mass., September, 1883. No. 10. 



F. J. BARRETT, 
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To Those Who Want First Class Work, 

I would say I am making a Specialty of 

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The arranging of new and rearranging of old house drains, done in accordance with the best sanitary knowledge of the 
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Lead Pipe, all sizes and Weights ; Sheet Lead f Copper and Zinc ; Russia, American and 

Galvanized Sheet Iron; Wrought Iron Pip& both plain and galvanized, of various 

sizes ; Cast Iron Pipes, all sizes, commonly used in plumbing ; Fittings for 

all kinds of Pipe kept constantly on hand. 

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about for cold exposed places. I am agent for the 

CARPENTER FURNACES AND THE CARPENTER AND BEEBE RANGES, 

so well known about here. All kinds of Range, Furnaces and Stove Repairs either on hand or got at short notice. 

I employ a large force of competent workmen and am therefore prepared to take hold of any work in .my line and 
push it. ' 

To those who contemplate having new plumbing done or alteration made in their old, I would say I am always ready 
to assist — free of charge — in planning or advising, as well as estimating cost of such work. 

I Give Personal Attentioj^io^ all My Work. 

ears, I would take this opportunity to extend 

WILLIAM B. BULL, 

LENOX, MASS. 



To those who have so generously patronized me during tht-];a! 
to them my sincere thanks. 

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Restoring Old Wood Work or preparing new are specialties. 
Designs furnished on application free of charge. 

LENOX, MASS. 



Horses ! Horses ! Horses ! 

Any one that wants FIRST-CLASS HORSE SHOEING, 
WAGON IRONING, and all kinds of REPAIRING, 
would do well to call on J.REGNIER, 

Church Street, Lenox, Mass. 



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FITTSFIELD, MASS. 
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A large stock of Sheet Music and Musical Merchandise 
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ffS^ A specialty made of Salmon, Soft-Shelled Crabs and Spanish 
Mackeral. 140 North Street, Pittsneld, Mass. 

After June 1st, my cart will be in Lenox every day. Orders left at 
my Pittsneld Store will receive prompt attention. 



THE LENOX ECHO. 



Vol. I. Lenox, Mass, September, 1883. No. 10. 



[for the echo.] 
SUBMISSION. 



God's ways are not as man's, — 

We oft contrive in vain, 
And disappointed in our plans — 

We bitterly complain. 
But when the future shall reveal 

The present now misunderstood, 
Upon the act we'll see God's seal 

And know Him wise and good. 

And we shall know how sacrifice 

Removed the useless dross, 
And purified we shall arise 

And know that gain and loss 
Are terms we comprehended not, 

And what we counted gain 
Upon our souls had left a blot, 

But loss removed the stain. 



[for the echo.] 
SUPERSTITION. 



Superstition is something which "stands over" 
us, to produce fear, to awaken distrust, to make 
the mind the prey of portents or signs, and to min- 
ify the ruling hand of God. It is not confined to 
paints and feathers ; to kraal or wigwam. It in- 
fests society ; it infects the home ; it exists in the 
church. 

Superstition is no mythical evil ; it is a real gi- 
ant, and the sling-stone of the truth aimed at its 
forehead, ought to carry with it the death-blow of 
this Goliath. Before the background of barbaric 
usages, superstition is indistinguishable from the 
mass of heathen corruptions, but it is perceptible, 
revolting, detestable when the background is cul- 
ture, education, Christianity. Dickens draws the 
pen-picture of Mrs. Nippers who "subscribes 
largely for eradicating superstitions from the minds 
of the wretched inhabitants of Kamtchatka and 
while she is calculating the advantages to be de- 
rived from a mission to the South Sea Islands, a 
coal pops from her fire and she at once augurs from 
its shape an abundance of money." But Mrs. 
Nippers' offence is minute, almost imperceptible, 



when compared with the popular superstitions, 
which invade and disfigure polite society. An 
overturned salt-cellar, near the hand of Judas, in 
Leonardo Da Vinci's "Last Supper," was the 
painter's expression of the bad luck impending, 
"standing over" the betrayer. To break a looking 
glass, to sit at the table with thirteen, to hear a 
dog howl, to have a ringing in the ears, to begin a 
piece of work on Friday, to see the moon over the 
left shoulder, to leave a pin lying, to put on the 
left shoe first, to put the wrong shoe on either foot, 
would chill the blood and blanch the cheeks of a 
great many who are supposed to be endowed with 
common sense and intelligence. Thousands of 
people will hesitate and fear to get out of bed on a 
different side from the one they got in on; will 
argue that there is no use in trying to resist the ill- 
fortune which must inevitably follow if Monday 
goes badly ; will count the dregs in a cup of tea, 
and will resort to the peripatetic fortune-teller, to 
the clairvoyant or spiritualist. About the nones 
of last March, owing to the predictions of a silly 
and irresponsible dreamer, a great many people 
believed that a terrible storm was about to "sweep 
with the besom of destruction" over our land. 
Moreover, superstition pervades our religion. How 
many read their Bibles because they are afraid to 
go without daily Scriptural reading, feel "Oh! I 
must read my Bible or the heavens will fall," and 
then skip through a few verses, about which when 
read, they have no remote idea. How many open 
the Bible at random and accept the first verse the 
eye rests upon as the direct communication of God. 
How many believe when fire consumes a theatre 
and makes a holocaust of hundreds of play-goers 
that destruction is the retribution which hangs over 
all who go to the theater. How large a portion of 
our Sunday school literature has been given to in- 
culcating the principle that the bird-nest rifler or 
Sabbath-breaker would come up short like Absa- 
lom. Bacon begins his essay on "Superstition," 
by saying : " It were better to have no opinion of 



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THE LENOX ECHO. 



God at all, than such an opinion as is unworthy of 
him ; for the one is unbelief, and the other is con- 
tumely ; and certainly superstition is the reproach 
of the Deity." 

We need something to purify the air of supersti- 
tions. Credulity like a dense fog has settled upon 
civilized peoples and Christian nations. It is easy to 
take the measure of that man who quotes Vennor, 
attributes inspired wisdom to the whine of a dog, 
picks up a pin for luck, or hangs a horse shoe over 
his door for the same purpose . All are alike silly ■ 
foster anxiety, promote indolence, weaken trust, 
perpetuate nortsense, and really fasten upon weak 
people a yoke, which they seek to fasten upon ev- 
ery one else. The density of superstition is in pro- 
portion to the mass of ignorance. If we thought, 
we would not believe the superstitious notions 
abroad, which are so intrinsically unreasonable. — 
Twaddle about signs, this or that, is mere old 
wives' fables ; mere folk-lore ; and deserves to be 
crushed under the heel of common-sense. A little 
more brains, a more vigorous will, a better trust in 
an All-seeing and All-ruling Being will rid us of this 
evil. R. D. m. 



THE OUTER AND THE INNER WORLD. 



Very bright and beautiful is the outer world, 
with its rich decorations, its melody of song, its 
sunshine, and its shadow; beautiful, too, is the 
inner world, which reposes in its serene loveliness 
far down in the depths of our silent being. With- 
out may be a calm and glorious sky, from whose 
pure cerulean the rich sunbeams come wandering 
down to cheer the world below ; yet calmer and 
more serene is the bright sky of our inner world, 
for it reflects all the rosy rays of the past — all the 
soft coloring of childhood's years — all the glorious 
hues that glowed upon the skies of youth. 

Very sweet may be the melodies that fill the sum- 
mer heavens of our outer world ; but softer, sweeter, 
are the tones that come swelling up from the past, 
and gladden that ' inner land, for they are made up 
of sweet home-voices, old fire-side melodies, loving 
words whose honeyed tones are all of home. 

We may wander out beneath the skies of flowery 
June, and revel in her wealth of gladness, but ever 
and anon we turn within to the dear world of re- 
membered pleasures, and linger there more fondly. 



Ah ! it is sweet to stand amid the fragrant or- 
chard blooms of sweet " lang syne ;" and there are 
voices, too — oh ! how they come back at times, with 
all their olden sweetness, till the eyes brim full with 
the tearful tenderness which they awaken. 

And oft there come gushes of sweet laughter 
from the far-off past ; swelling up softly, sweetly, 
from the long vanished years, and smiles like gleams 
of sunshine come and go forever. 

Give me my inner world, for there dwell all the 
loved, the beautiful of other days; there are my 
sweetest melodies ; there bloom unchanged my 
fairest flowers ; and there the world's breath enters 
not, dimming the lovely and the pure. — ■ Old Mag. 



[for the echo.] 
THE LONG AGO. 



The lover sings by the pebbly beach 

A song of the long ago, 
And wild waves echo the sad refrain 

In music sweet and low. 

Oh where, oh where is the bonny maid 

Who kissed my cheek of snow, 
Who kindled a flame in my icy heart 

In the days of long ago ! 

Oh where, oh where, are the rosy lips 

That calmed my fevered brain 
With kisses sweet that fell in showers, 

As falls the summer rain ! 

The rosy lips that throbbed with joy 

Are colder than the snow, 
And stilled is the heart of the bonny maid 

Who kissed me long ago. 

The lover sings by the sighing shore 

A song of the long ago, 
And the sobbing waves repeat the song 

In music sweet and low. 

H. S. B. 



WHO ARE GENTLEMEN ? 



Whatever the difficulty attending the solution of 
this question, of one thing we may be sure, — that 
there cannot be a surer proof of low origin, or of 
an innate meanness of disposition, than to be al- 
ways thinking and prating of being genteel. The 
most vulgar of all things is pretension, for it is the 
sign of a low and vulgar mind. All the homeli- 
ness of the poor, the gaucheries and blunders of 
the unpolished, and even the provincialisms of the 
illiterate, are as the dust in the balance as regards 



THE LJENOJt ECHO. 



125 



vulgarity, compared with the affectation that is al- 
ways trying to seem fine. The one thing which 
distinguishes the truly great, either by birth or 
mental acquirements, is repose. A great man nev- 
er strains and tries to make himself greater than 
he is, any more than a giant tries to stand upon tip- 
toe. Both are conscious of their own true height; 
and this consciousness is so true that it is found 
and recognized, not only in the leaders of the ton 
in Paris, but in the Hindoo and Chinese gentle- 
man, and in the Indian of the Rocky Mountains. 
The true secret, the quintessence of all gentleman- 
hood, is a quiet, undemonstrative bearing, and a 
disposion to look upon others as being as worthy 
as one's self. There can be no greater mistake, 
therefore, than to suppose, as many do, that gen- 
tlemanliness is an outward thing, a matter of form 
and ceremony, and that its essence lies in a punc- 
tilious observance of etiquette, — in the elegant, 
bow, the five minutes' call, the courteous and pol- 
ished speech, the graceful restoration of a fan, the 
quick presentation of a dropped handkerchief, and 
other forms of exterior behavior which may indi- 
cate a knowledged of "fashionable life," yet spring 
from a heart full of the intensest selfishness. True 
politeness is not a thing of formality and ceremony ; 
it consists in no artificial smiles or precise carriage 
of the body, but in an earnest and sincere desire to 
promote the happiness of those with whom one 
comes in contact, — in a willingness to sacrifice 
one's own ease and comfort to the enjoyment of 
others. 

Robert Burns showed himself a gentleman when 
jeweled duchesses were charmed with his ways ; 
and so did Dr. Arnold, when the poor woman felt 
that he treated her like a lady; and Chalmers, 
when every old woman in Morningside was elated 
by his courteous salute. 

The truth is, that the essential characteristics of 
a gentleman are not an outward varnish or veneer, 
but inward qualities, developed in the heart. They 
are a form, not a garment of the mind, and cannot 
be put on or off at will. They are the outgrowth 
of a noble and kindly nature, which manifests it- 
self in spontaneous acts of courtesy and grace. 
Hence the absurdity of the remark we sometimes 
hear that a certain person " can be a gentleman 
when he pleases." The truth is, that he who can 



be a gentleman when he pleases never pleases to 
be anything else. A man may simulate the out- 
ward marks of a gentleman, speaking with prac- 
ticed intonation, and bowing with well studied 
grace, though he is vulgar to the very core ; but he 
will lack the charm of unconsciousness which is 
one of nature's finest gifts, the grace that is be- 
yond the reach of art, and will be no more a gen- 
tleman in thought and feeling than the tinseled 
actor who struts during his brief hour on the stage 
is the monarch his costume would bespeak him. 

The first principle of all true politeness is defer- 
ence, manly, genial, natural deference ; and this 
can be no more acquired by studying manuals of 
deportment than a man can become a swimmer by 
reading treatises on hydrostatics, or a statesman 
by studying parliamentary debates. To the at- 
tainment of this end familiarity with St. John and 
St. Paul will conduce more than all the books of 
etiquette that were ever published. The latter 
teach only external politeness, which, as we have 
already said, is only the husk or shell of true po- 
liteness, — is, in fact, so far as the essence of the 
thing is concerned, no politeness at all, though with 
many it is the hinge upon which all their social 
conduct turns, while in mingling with others of a 
different temperament they freeze, as does the win- 
try air in nature, the kindlier feelings of the heart, 
and reduce everything to a smooth surface, polish- 
ed but cold, like a sheet of ice. Many a man who 
is rough and even boorish in manners has a warm 
and generous heart ; and many a one who is reck- 
less of the comfort of others seeks by a scrupulous 
observance of etiquette and ceremony to hide his 
real indifference to the happiness of his fellow men. 
When we see a person who evinces on all occa- 
sions a delicate regard for the rights and feelings of 
others, however inferior in wealth dress or station; 
"who is slow to take offense, as being one that 
never gives it, and who is slow to surmise evil, as 
being one that never thinks it ; " who betrays no 
anxiety to engross the best seats at the public ta- 
ble, in the car, or in the concert-room ; who at his 
meals prefers to carve for others the juiciest slices, 
rather than for himself; who speaks as respectfully 
to a peasant as he would to a king, and is as 
prompt to offer his umbrella in a rainstorm to an 
old lady as to a young one ; when, in short, we see 
a person acting always upon the golden rule or do- 
ing unto others " whatsoever he would that they 
should do unto him," — then we feel that we have 
looked upon one who is, in all the essential ele- 
ments, a gentlemen. But, after all our attempts to 
define that whose essential quality is as subtle as 
the aroma of a flower, we may conclude that the 
highest significance of the term was reached in the 
reverential language of Dekker, who called the 
founder of Christianity "the first true gentleman 
that ever breathed." mathews. 



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TUB LENOJC ECHO. 



Lenox, Mass., September, 1883. 



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CONTENTS. 

Submission, (poem,) 123 

Superstition, 123 

The Outer and Inner World, - - - - 124 

Long Ago, ('poem, J - - - - - - 124 

Who are Gentlemen? - - - - - - 124 

Editorial, - - 126 

Our Churches, 127 

Our Schools, 127 

About Town, 128 

Why They Didn't Come, ----- 130 

Hawthorne Letter, - - - - - - 131 



The Hawthorne letter, published in another col- 
umn, and written from this town in 1851, although 
concerning a trivial matter, reveals the sound sense 
and humor of its author as clearly as some of his 
public writings. 

Mr. Ranger having left town, the Echo will be 
continued under its present management until the 
close of the year, until which time most of the sub- 
scriptions are paid. Those who have not paid to 
that time will receive notice soon to which we ask 
their prompt attention in order that we may close 
matters up satisfactorily at the end of the year. 

The following is an extract from a Stockbridge 
letter to the N. Y. Home Journal of recent date : 

"Of late years, Stockbridge has been little heard 
from, the more noisy tongue of its neighbor, Len- 
ox, forcing it into silence. Then two malicious ru- 
mors, circulated with intent to draw visitors else- 
where, have almost stifled the poor place with the 
breath, of their falseness. A healthier spot scarce- 
ly exists. Statistics show it to be the third village 
in Massachusetts, the first among the Berkshires, 
in health ; Dr. Agnew of New York, speaks high- 
ly in its favor, and other physicians as widely 



known. Joseph H. Choate, Lucius Tuckerman, 
Mr. Ivison, of the large New York book firm ; Van 
Rensselaers, Livingstones, Sam Ward, the Laniers, 
David Dudley Field, and scores of others equally 
able to locate wherever fancy leads them, come to 
our village year after year. Well they may, if ex- 
quisite scenery, lovely drives and glorious walks 
are any inducements." 

We can scarcely understand the correspondent 
when he styles Lenox as " noisy tongued," and 
must if we would be charitable attribute it to ig- 
norance. For indeed the very essence of Lenox 
life is quiet. It is true that city journalists have 
of late taken pains to "write up" its beauties as it 
has become more of a summer resort but a noisi- 
ness either through loud boasting, false assertions, 
or malicious insinuations has never been a charac- 
teristic of Lenox ; and the intimation contained in 
the next sentence of the letter falls harmlessly far 
short of its mark. 

Lenox has no need to stoop to "malicious rumors" 
to obtain summer guests, nor are her visitors at- 
tracted here by any other means than the beauty 
of the place and their love of it. Our people are 
those who come here yearly ; this is their summer 
resort. Those who first became sensible of the 
charms of Lenox, have brought them to the notice 
of their friends until Lenox has become a resort 
for one class of society exclusively. 

As to the fact of the beauty and health of Stock- 
bridge, a drive through can only confirm the cor- 
respondent's statements in regard to them, but 
Stockbridge has her guests and we have ours. We 
will make no mention of the next paragraph which 
contains a list of guests except to express our sym- 
pathy with Stockbridge in the fact that some 
among her list are obliged to alight at Lenox depot 
when they arrive and visit Lenox daily for their 
mail, &c. 



Lucey's first excursion this season to New York 
and Coney Island, starts from Pittsfield, Saturday 
morning, September 8. The train passes New 
Lenox at 4.09, Lenox at 4.18, Lenox Furnace at 
4.22, and Lee at 4.32. The price of tickets for 
the round trip has been placed at $1.50, a re- 
markably low figure. The arrangement will give 
excursionists five hours in New York or three at 
the island. 



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121 



OUR CHURCHES. 



CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. 

I improve the opportunity which this column in 
the "Echo" affords me of broaching my plan con- 
cerning catechetical classes for converts. During 
my pastorate here thirty-seven new members have 
been added to the church. Of that number thirty- 
one have joined on profession of their faith. It is 
not too much to say that a convert knocks at the 
doors of the church, with scarcely any knowledge 
of the essentials of Christian doctrine. He re- 
ceives whatever creed he may possess as a sort of 
legacy from parental instruction, or holds it be- 
cause a given number of men hold it. He feels 
that the positions of Christianity are impregnable, 
and therefore takes refuge behind them, without 
seeking to know why they are impregnable. This 
is the peril to converts, and it ought to be the 
shame of the church, that it does so little for its 
new members. The responsibility of a church 
does not cease, it begins, when a convert steps into 
her communion. He must be taught what are 
the "principles of the oracles of God." It is to 
meet this emergency that I have already proposed 
a system of instruction, viz : Catechetical classes 
for the new members. These catechetical classes 
will be conducted on the question and answer plan 
and the course of study will embrace Biblical his- 
tory, biographies, and doctrines. In connection 
with the Bible, the Westminster shorter catechism 
(single copies of which may be had for five cents) 
will be used as an aid in outline of doctrines ; and 
also if desirable for particular books of the Bible, 
some of the excellent " Hand-books for Bible 
classes " published by T. & T. Clark of Edinburgh. 
These catechetical classes will partake of the na- 
ture of the school-room, while allowing liberty for 
discussion and informal interchange of opinion as 
in our large Bible-classes in Sunday schools. It is 
expected that all the new members, the thirty-one 
aforesaid, will avail themselves of this opportunity 
for becoming "rooted and grounded" in the prin- 
ciples of the Christian religion. It cannot be an- 
nounced now when the first meeting of the class 
will occur, or how often thereafter the class will 
meet, until after consultation with our Prudential 
committee. Possibly it may be arranged so that 
the class can meet once in two weeks, in the chap- 



el on the night of the regular prayer-meeting in the 
village, the prayer-meeting holding from eight to 
nine, and the class from seven to eight. 

Now, this is the practical outworking of the 
plan, which I have already submitted to the church 
and which has recieved the approval of "the eld- 
ers." I do not know how it will be received by 
those for whom it is designed; but if received by 
them with favor and followed by them with fideli- 
ty, it will do away with the objection so frequently 
made that after a new member is received into the 
church, he is left to himself to get along the best 
way he can. R. D. Mallary, pastor. 



OUR SCHOOLS. 



Miss Carrie Sedwick, a graduate of High school 
goes to Mt. Holyoke seminary this fall. 

The grading of the ground about the High 
School building is an improvement that has been 
much needed. 

Miss May Porter, for several terms teacher of 
the Sedgwick district school will take a course at 
Westfield Normal school. 

Mr. W. E. Ranger who has taught the High 
school so successfully during his stay here, has ac- 
cepted the position of principal in the Lyndon Lit- 
erary Institute in Vermont. The committee have 
secured the services of Mr. L. B. Hunt, a Bate 
graduate, who will enter upon his duties, Monday, 
September 3, when the school opens. 

The district schools open Monday, Sept. 3, with 
these teachers : Center Primary, Miss Lizzie Bar- 
rett ; Furnace Intermediate, Miss Josie Roach ; 
Furnace Primary, Miss Agnes Bartlett ; New Len- 
ox, Miss Lois Sears ; North, Miss Ella Bartlett ; 
West, Miss Anna Crosby j South, Miss Lillie Gra- 
ham ; Mountain, Miss Nellie Russell ; Sedgwick, 
Miss Hattie Parsons ; East Street, Mr. Frank 
Bourne. The Center Intermediate will will not 
commence until Monday, the 10th. 

Lenox Academy promises to have even a more 
prosperous year in the coming one than last. It 
has been found necessary to engage a larger house 
for the accommodation of boarding scholars. This 
I method by which scholars can be constantly under 
the care and influence of the principal, has met 
with much favor from its patrons. Two assistants 



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have been engaged. Theodore Jessup, teacher of 
English branches, and Frau Geibler, of French 
and German ; Music will be taught by Miss F. L. 
Hotchkin. The fall term opens Sept. 18. 



ABOUT TO WW. 



Arthur Sedgwick enters Amherst college at its 
opening. 

The farmhouse of Col. R. T. Auchmuty is un- 
dergoing extensive repairs and alterations. 

Mr. Henry Naylor has given to his place, re- 
cently purchased of Mr. Belden, the name of "Shi- 
loh Lodge." 

Mr. Struther's house on Walker street, and Mr. 
Tillotson's on Main, have been connected with the 
water pipes. 

Commodore Ellison and wife have spent the 
month at Mt. Desert, and will return to Lenox la- 
ter in the season. 

Miss Eloise Barnum of Great Barrington, who 
graduated at Lenox Academy, spent some time 
among friends here early last month. 

Thursday eve, August ioth, there was a dance 
in Town Hall, which was largely attended. The 
music was furnished by Flynn's Orchestra. 

The infant son of Mr. H. H. Ballard was christ- 
ened in the Congregational church, Aug. 5th, by 
his grand-father, Prof. Ballard, of Easton, Pa. 

A children's dancing class have received lessons, 
Thursday afternoons, during the month, from Prof. 
Manuel ; they have been held in Sedgwick hall. 

Samuel Bowles, for many years editor of the 
Springfield Republican, has spent some time as a 
guest of R. T. Auchmuty during the past month. 

Mr. & Mrs. Harmon S. Babcock, of Providnece, 
R. I., have been in town during the past month, 
visiting with their parents, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel 
Belden. 

Edward Delafield has purchased from T. F. Gra- 
ham the old "Judd" farm, which adjoins his pres- 
ent land, and the whole will go under the name of 
"Sunswick" farm. 

Rev. R. J. Nevin, of Rome, Italy, who occupies 
the pulpit of the Episcopal church, during the ab- 
sence of the Rev. Mr. Field abroad, arrived in 
town and entered upon his duties August 1st. 



The monthly meeting of the Young Men's 
Christian Association was held in the chapel, Mon- 
day evening, August 6th. A fair number had the 
pleasure of listening to Mr. Ballard's excellent 
and instructive address. 

Mr. W. O. Curtis, aided by Geo. W. Clark of 
Pittsfield, succeeded on the 25th ult. in taking out 
the finest string of bass yet seen from Lake Mah- 
keenac; the entire string weighed 31 pounds, and 
six of them weighed 1 5 pounds. 

Miss Georgie Baker, formerly of this place, has 
been visiting at the residence of Miss Sarah Gra- 
ham for a short time during the past month. Miss 
B. has very many friends in town who have been 
rejoiced by this opportunity of again meeting her. 

The town will miss the face and never disturbed 
manner of Patrick Morrison, who was sunstruck 
and killed August 20th. He was an Irishman of 
the old stamp,and one of the first settlers in Lenox ; 
honest, goodnatured and obliging, he had many 
friends. 

Frank Barrows, a young lad, son of Mr. and 
Mrs. W. H. Barrows, met with a serious accident 
and narrow escape, a few days ago. While playing 
with a companion on the roof of a low building, 
he fell and broke his arm near the elbow and 
bruised himself in other places. 

Mrs. Butler, an estimable, old lady, the mother 
of Marshall, Luther, Conelius and John Butler of 
this town, died at the house of the latter, August 
10, at the advanced age of 84. Although an old 
lady she had been very smart and active until a 
few months prior to her death. 

James Barnes of this town took second prize in 
the twenty mile race at the recent bicycle tourna- 
ment in Pittsfield. As there were four starters, 
and as the winner had been under professional 
training, while this was Jim's first race, he may 
well feel proud of his success. 

Robert S. Washburn, after an absence of two 
years has been at his home for a short time this 
month. He now owns a large farm in Michigan, 
and is doing well. On the eve before his depar- 
ture for the west, a number of his friends made a 
surprise call upon him and spent a pleasant 
evening. 



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William Flint, who has been sick with consump- 
tion for nearly a year past, died at the house of his 
mother September ist. He had been in an ex- 
tremely weak state for some time past and his 
death was not unexpected. His funeral was held 
on Sunday last. 

A children's fair, the proceeds of which will be 
donated to the Lenox Library, will be held at the 
residence of Ur. R. C. Greenleaf on Saturday next 
between the hours of u and 6. The object is a 
worthy one and this endeavor of the children to 
aid in the purchase of new books deserves praise. 

The money needed to repair the roads so badly 
damaged by the heavy rains of July, was appropri- 
ated at the special town-meeting, held August 6th. 
As this season has been a particularly rough one 
for roads, the selectmen deserve much credit for 
the general good condition in which they have 
been kept. 

A sale of antique and costly Turkish rugs in 
Town Hall, from August 8th to the 15th, attract- 
ed very many of our people to it. The sale was 
conducted by two young Turks who are obtaining 
ing an education in this country and take this 
means to defray vacation expenses. Their sales 
in this town during their week's stay were quite 
profitable. 

J. Macklean, Jr., of the Stock Breeders' Gazette, 
published in Chicago, recently spent a few days 
here, looking ovet the extensive and valuable herds 
of Jerseys, Holsteins, and Guernseys, owned in 
town. Dr. Greenleaf, Jr., Mr. Braem and Rich- 
ard Goodman, Jr., have, by the way, recently is- 
sued pamphets containing full lists and pedigrees 
of all their registered stock. 

The following officers were chosen at the annu- 
ual election of the " Lenox Club," August 8th : 
President, M. E. Rogers, Philadelphia ■ Vice -Pres- 
ident, Joseph Tucker, Pittsfieldj Secretary, John 
Winthrop, Boston ; Treasurer, R. C. Greenleaf, 
Lenox ; Board of Governors, W. R. Robeson 
Boston, Thomas Post, Lenox, F. E. Kernochan, 
Pittsfield, H. W. Bishop, Chicago, F. Bartlett, 
New Yorh. 

Another industry has been added to the town in 
the shape of a Stone-Crusher, purchased and ope- 
rated by John W. Cooney. This machine pulver- 



izes the hardest stones into gravel which, hereto- 
fore, has been purchased, to some extent, in this 
town for private walks and roads. Mr. Cooney 
has already numerous orders to fill,' and should it 
prove better than the ordinary gravel, the town 
may adopt its use for sidewalks and public roads. 

While in Lenox a few years ago, H. Seymour 
Bloodgood, an artist of New York, made a sketch 
of the "Shepard" house, which he has since worked 
into an oil painting,and it is now hung in the Len- 
ox Library room for exhibition and sale. As this 
was one of the first houses built in Lenox, as well 
as one in which the venerable Dr. Shepard for fif- 
ty years beloved pastor of the Congregational 
church, dwelt, this picture is very valuable to Len- 
ox people, who would doubtless be pleased if it 
could hang in the Library permanently as a me- 
moir of the past. 

The Serenade band were greeted by a crowded 
house at their Concert given in Sedgwick hall, on 
the evening of the 16th ult. The members ap- 
peared in their newly puchased uniforms which are 
neat and tasty and made altogether a fine appear- 
ance. The programme was an elaborate and high- 
ly musical one, and was carried out with excel- 
lent taste and fine rendering. The solos weie all 
extremely well given, and generously and deserv- 
edly applauded. Miss Lynd, of Albany, sang a 
song in a manner which won her a hearty en- 
core. She responded with another that only con- 
firmed the good opinion which the audience had 
already formed of her voice and talents. The 
whole affair was one which reflects great credit on 
our band, which although a comparatively young 
organization has already shown, individually and 
collectively, skill, which will soon entitle them to 
a first rank among bands in this section. The.net 
receipts of the entertainment were $125, which 
will make a handsome first payment on their uni- 
forms. 

Lenox, although crowded with guests, has been 
thus far exceedingly quiet. The reason of this has 
certainly not been the weathei for a more delight- 
fully cool and breezy season has seldom been 
known. The fact is that people coming from the 
city after a winter of unceasing gayety care only for 
rest at least for the first two months. The lawn- 
party at F. A. Schermerhorn's on Thursday, Aug. 



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30, was the first sign of an awakening. This party 
which was given in honor of Miss Lizzie King, 
whose god-father Mr. Schermerhorn is, was attend- 
ed by some hundred guests many of whom were 
young boys and girls, playmates of the young miss, 
who were royally entertained by their host. Mu- 
sic was acceptably furnished by the Serenade band. 
During this week, from Sept. 3 to 10, a number 
of the most skillful tennis players in this country, 
among whom are Messrs. Sears and Gray of Bos- 
ton will visit Lenox by invitation of the Lenox 
Club and participate in a tennis tournament on the 
club grounds. These two entertainments closely 
following each other, are doubtless but the fore- 
taste of a continuous round of activity and excite- 
ment during the next two months, which our visit- 
ors will share more heartily for their two months 
rest. 

The register at Curtis' hotel covers a dozen 
pages this month. These are the arrivals at Curtis' 
hotel : From New York — Mrs. W. H . Fearing and 
family, Mrs. E. P. DeMott, W. T. Hall, Henry 
Arnigh, Mrs. John Bloodgood and sons, Mrs. Da- 
vid Lydig, R. W. Ransom, Miss S. E. Herd, Mr. 
and Mrs. S. H. Valentine, John Balkville and wife, 
J. B. Kearney, Mrs. Spaulding, Miss Post, Mr. and 
Mrs. C. H. Wilcox, May Butler, Mr. and Mrs. 
Geo. H. Kip, A. Jacobi, L. M. Ogden, Miss Og- 
den, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Burnett, Mrs. 
Frank Sherman, Miss Laura Tailer, Noble Thomp- 
son, H. J. Beach, J. E. Keeler, Misses Josephine 
and Milanie Strong, A. V. Stebbins, Mrs. Oswald 
Jackson and family, R. H. Grover, W. F. Preston, 
Mrs. Geo. H. Palmer, Miss Ryder, James Harri- 
man and family, R. B. Martin, F. V. S. Crosby, 
H. G. Noyes and wife. From Philadelphia — Mr. 
and Mrs. W. M. Baugh, Joseph Lea, Mr. and Mrs. 
J. C. Fraley, W. M. Wesivall and wife, Mrs. Chas. 
Emory, Miss Isabel Emory, Miss Nettie Collady. 
Mrs. Collady, Miss Finney, Mrs. Graham, Mrs. 
James W. Cooke, Robt. Adams, Jr., Miss AnnaB. 
Ellison, Mr. F. Fotterall and family. From Bos- 
ton — Mrs. S. G. Glover, Miss Page, John G. 
Stearns, W. M. Aiken, Dr. and Mrs. James Chad- 
wick, Miss Lyman, J. C. Warren, James White, P. 
J. Byrne, Mrs. G. A. Meyers. From Chicago — 
Calvin Cobb and' wife, H. K. Buel and wife, J. 
Macklean, Jr., Miss Drummond. From elsewhere 
— E. McPherson, Tuscon, Arz. ; Chas. A. Tinne- 



wall, St. Louis ; Chas. D. Beckwith and family, 
Paterson, N. J. ; R. B. Cole, Florida ; Francis Fon 
taine, Atlanta, Ga. ; Mrs. H. Bauch and wife, Tus- 
caloosa, Ala.; Jos. Thornton, Liverpool; Geo. P. 
Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Phelps, Albany ; Mr. 
and Mrs. W. T. Reynolds, Poughkeepsie. 

NORTH LENOX. 

Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Mattoon spent a week at the 
seaside recently. 

Mr. D. P. Congden and Patrick Hines were 
thrown from their wagon while returning from Mr. 
Congden's father's, on the evening of August 8th, 
where they had been at work ; Mr. Congden's 
right arm was broken above the elbow, but Mr. 
Hines was only slightly bruised. 

Sheriff Cutting, of Lee, made a raid on the place 
of Mrs. James McGuire, on the afternoon of Sun- 
day, August 26th, and succeeded in capturing a 
quantity of liquor and proving illegal sale. There 
were a number of persons in the place at the time, 
all of whom denied buying any liquor. If Mr. 
Cutting succeeds in breaking up this Sunday resort 
he will do that which will entitle him to credit and 
gain him the thanks of the temperate and law abid- 
ing citizens of this vicinity. 



[for the echo.] 
"WHY THEY DIDN'T COME. 



Now that our hotels and private houses are filled 
with guests and no one will feel hurt if we mention 
it, we will say that there have been persons who 
have applied for rooms here and were not suited. 
What? Who? For what reasons? Don't be in a 
hurry and we'll tell you, and perhaps Lenox is not 
what it is cracked up to be after all. The first ap- 
plicant was a maiden lady who wanted a nice, 
large and airy room in a private house, was di- 
rected to one, looked it over, declared it delightful, 
the scenery from its windows beautiful, thought 
the walks about town charming and lastly asked 
the price. On being told that it was $20 per week 
she became suddenly afraid that the room was not 
well ventilated, that our nights were too damp and 
chilly, that malaria was fast creeping up the hill, 
and finally concluded that she would engage her 

old rooms in B , which meant that she would 

write to her married sister who was keeping house 
in the country. 



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Soon after this there came to town a clergyman 
and family. He wanted a furnished house, looked 
over two or three, and finally found one that suited 
him exactly. Situation, scenery, surroundings and 
all were perfection. He admired the hills, praised 
the views and asked the price of the house — $600 
for three months. About that time he wanted to 
know how many people there were here in the sum- 
mer and became morally certain that this place 
was not quiet enough for him, was afraid that our 
air was too bracing, had heard that we had some 
very hot weather and a good many thunder 
showers, and went away, not to be heard from 
again until his church voted to pay his vacation 
expenses, when he wrote to Lenox and was so 
sorry to find the charming cottage engaged, as it 
was the only place he had found which suited him 
in every respect. 

Then there was that Boston drummer, who came 
late and wanted board for himself and wife at the 
hotel. O yes, they could board him and get him a 
room in a private house. "Beautiful place," he 
remarked, "splendid drives, good fishing, fine 
scenery and healthy air. How much are the room 
and board a week ? He was told that the room 
would be $10 and board $40. "Ahem," said the 
drummer as he thought of his twenty-five dollars 
per week salary, "I am undecided between this 
place and Newport, will telegraph you from Pitts - 
field to-morrow if I decide to come here." AVhen 
last heard from he had engaged board in Otis. 

And, oh, there was one more, but his class are 
so rare I had forgotten him. He was a business 
man and wanted a room for a month or so. 
"Twenty-five dollars per week? I can't afford it. 
I won't pay it. I can get board in Saratoga for 
that. Give me a ticket for New York." 

Persons who, like the latter, don't come here be- 
cause of the expense, are few, but those who find 
fault with our air and our walks, think it too dull 
or too gay, too quiet or too noisy, call the scenery 
tame and landscape monotonous, are not infre- 
quent, and yet the summer visitors increase year 
by year, and those who are not suited are never 
missed. 



THE HAWTHORNE LETTERS. 



Lenox, March 10, 185 1. 
Dear Zach : You will wonder what this piece 
of tape means. The fact is, I want you to get me 
a pair of pantaloons, either at Oak Hall or Smith's, 



or any other cheap clothing establishment that you 
think proper. The piece of tape is the precise 
length of the last pair that John Earle made me, 
from waistband downwards. I have likewise 
marked the measurement round the waist and 
round the thigh, so that I think you will be able 
to suit me. Be sure and have them large enough 
and any other defect is of less consequence. They 
will answer well enough if not quite so high in the 
waistband, but it will not do to diminish them in 
girth. As for the material, let it be of some dark, 
stout cloth, suited to the gravity of my character ; 
it need not be black, though that would be no ob- 
jection. I would rather not have them blue. I 
leave the price to your judgment. Also, I should 
like a vest, not of an over-glaring pattern, but grave 
and respectable, like the pants. Also, a pair of 
Deloen's three-dollar boots, for I can find none 
hereabouts for twice the money that will last half 
as long. I usually wear No. 9, but, to make sure 
that they will fit, you had better get No. 10. If 
you will do me the favor to buy these things and 

send them to Dr. P , and will notify me of the 

cost, I will either send the money or a draft on my 
publisher. I want these clothes for country wear, 
and it would be nonsense to go to the expense of 

John Earle's prices for such a purpose. Dr. P- 

will be sending me a box in the course of a week 
or more, in which the articles may be included. 

I asked my publisher to send eight copies of 
"The House of the Seven Gables" to your care. I 
suppose it will be out about the 20th. Please to 
present one to Mrs. Burchmore,though she will care 
nothing about it, nor you, either. I should like to 
have the rest distributed as follows : Two to the 

care of John D . One to David R . One 

to P . One to that detested C — — . One to 

Dr. B.— 



-. One to E. F. M. I likewise request 
ed the publishers to put a copy of the portait into 
each of the books, although it is not intended to 
be sold with this work. If they should not do so, 
I will take some other method of sending you 
one. 

Excuse me for giving you so much trouble ; if 
you have any commands in this quarter, I shall be 

most happy to attend to them. 

* # * * * * * 

I long to see, and confidently hope to do so in 
June. 

With my best respects to the Captain, and re- 
gards to Mrs. Burchmore, . 

Truly yours in haste, 
(Signed) Nathl. Hawthorne. 

— Boston Saturday Evening Gazette. 



./V^o C -*^z^^ A <KcJ^ZjLL_ 



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FUKNITUKE 



AT 



Low Prices! 



HOPKINS & WILBUR'S. 

Easy Chairs, Patent Rockers, 
Foot Eests, Slipper Racks, 

Sofa Pillows, Desks, Rec'on Chairs, 
Fancy Work-Baskets, &c, &c. 

At HOPKINS & WILBUR'S, 

Academy Music Annex, Pittsfield, Mass. 



E. C. HILL, 

D FURRIER 



put A 




Pearl Derbys, 

Pearl Cassimeres, 
Fine MacMnaws, 

HAMMOCKS, 

In All Grades. 

FINE GOODS 

A Specialty. 

Orders by mail promptly 
attended to. 



29 North St., Pittsfield. 



E. G. BANGS, 

Stoves and Ranges, Tin fare, Oil Stoves, Refrigera 

House-Furnishing G-oods, Rubber Hose, Water 
Pipe, Pumps, G-lazed Drain Tile, Etc. 

rlumbincj, Tinning and Furnace Jobs contracted for and done by Experi- 
enced Workmen. 

A Specialty made of Plumbing, which is done in accordance with the best sanitary en- 
gineering. 

My stock is complete and purchasers can do as well with me as anywhere in the county. 

In the line of Furnaces I have the "Magee Standard," which is considered best through- 
out the country. 



BRIFFETT'S BLOCK, MAIN STREET, 



LENOX, MASS. 



PKESS OF AXTELL & HASKINB, PlTTSFIEU), MASS.